Our nonprofit's mission is to make a difference by fostering social-inclusion, meaningful connections & unique learning experiences among SWFL individuals and families with the goal of creating a thriving and successful community.
We believe in a future where people of all ages, abilities, races, and beliefs can exercise their strength together and contribute towards a happier, healthier, more peaceful & conscientious life.
Our state of the art center achieves its mission by offering innovative educational programs with opportunities of collaborative partnerships.
House of Gaia Community Center was established in 2008 as part of Bee Gaia’s mission. The nonprofit was founded by Maria Luisa Carter (known as Lulu Carter) & her mother (Linda Lislane Bruce).
House of Gaia (501.c3) was formed for charitable and educational purposes, the result of a desire to bring like-minded community projects together on one comprehensive platform which would provide educational and charitable activities to benefit the community at large.
The center's space is 4,700 sq. feet, located in the art district in North Naples, FL.
We have developed many connections with different SWFL institutions: Golisano Children’s Hospital, Saint Mathews House, Guadalupe Center, Salvation Army, Florida Gulf Coast University, Collier County School, CMON Golisano children's Museum, Starability, Esterseals and others, through these 14 years of service, and we value our large data base of participants and volunteers.
Our Team of Professionals
We are a team of professionals with a variety of backgrounds in social work, education, psychology, arts and more. Having studied and practiced all over the United States and the world, we have come together to develop programs of education for the SWFL community. Together we represent many years of experience working with children, families, educators, and organizations in field of education and development.
We offer a variety of Classes, Workshops and Events.
The 5 pillars of our programs are Art, Culture, Well-Being, Global-Citizenship & Service-Learning Programs.
Our programs are offered in our center and through local schools, museums, parks, community events.
Because we also have outstanding connections with schools, nonprofits, and educational institutional all around the world, our curriculum offers participants from SWFL a global perspective.
1.Engage the families, individuals and educators of our community in the process of providing a safe and creative space where they may channel and develop their personal skills at their own pace.
2.Balance and enrich the knowledge children and individuals through the arts, culture, well-being, global citizanship, service learning & travel. 3.Help children, families and individuals with all abilities express themselves.
The individuals attending House of Gaia programs will be aware of our guidelines in order to help them feel they are part of a mindful and conscientious community. READ MORE
Our Added Value
We have developed a unique approach utilizing a comprehensive curriculum combining methods of Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and the Science of Happiness.